Vintage Adventures

Howdy! I'm a crafty gal living in the Golden State of California; all about vintage clothes, swing dancing, knitting, cooking, books
and adventures!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I apologize for my absence.

My laptop is rebellious and has therefore been sent back to California for my brother to (hopefully) fix.

Friday, March 12, 2010

{The romance of France}

While I wait for my redcurrant muffins to finish baking, I will share some photos I took when I accompanied my father on a business trip to Germany and France in November 2006.
Only a little at a time though.. there are simply too many wonderful photographs to share at once!

I am 90% Norwegian..
However in my family tree studies I discovered that
I have one French ancestor
from the 1100's
named Gerard LeBlanche.

We went to Strasbourg, France.
It was rainy and gray.
Stopped at a cafe for a hot coffee and a peach tart
Some water got in my 35mm camera while I was changing film, but miraculously it was undamaged.
We visited a cathedral that was undergoing renovations.
I learned that an art museum nearby housed a painting by Sandro Botticelli (my all-time favorite renaissance artist)
and I insisted that we just had to go!
Father, being completely uninterested in art, breezed through the many rooms filled with priceless paintings, while I lingered.
I spent quite a few minutes looking at his painting.
In each of the rooms there stood a guard (understandable, since there are priceless works of art out in public).
In one of the rooms the guard was young-ish, about my age.
He said something to me in French, to which I replied:
"Je compe apul l'Francaise".
"I only speak a little French".
So he said to me in english "You are very beautiful. I could just kiss you."
Well, I was very flattered!
So I talked with him for a few minutes and he asked me to dinner..
but of course I couldn't go because I was leaving in a couple of hours with father to return to Germany.
So we parted with an "Au revoir!"
On the way back to Germany father and I stopped for a baguette sandwich.
By that time the schools were let out and the streets were filled with children all in uniform.
It reminded me of when I attended catholic school (despite neither my family nor I being catholic).

renovated cathedral
renovated cathedral
renovated cathedral

palais de rohan
palais de rohan
palais de rohan

{Last night's wine party}

finally, rain, thunder and lightning

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

{High school days}

{Schlechten Traümen}

more bad dreams last night

tomorrow and friday we are supposed to get thunderstorms
a real treat!
living in the mountains of california, we only got a thunderstorm about once a year

when i opened the windows this morning to air out the apartment
i was greeted by the voices of hundreds of frogs
birds too
there was a cardinal in a tree
i'm glad that spring is coming

Sunday, March 7, 2010

{Treasure chest}

Yesterday we went to Louisville
I insisted that we visit this vintage clothing shop, Elizabeth's Timeless Attire.
I immediately fell in love with the neighborhood where it was located: Old Louisville.
There were immense victorian houses built out of both brick and wood.
I even saw a sad, sagging 3 story mansion that had a sign on the front: "FREE xxx-xxxx"
If I was to live in Kentucky for the rest of my life.. I definately would've taken a free abandoned house.
I wouldn't care that the cost of repairs would probably be as much as the house is worth!

Anyways, Elizabeth's Timeless Attire is a wonderful store!
The sales lady was very polite and complemented me on my dress (white and black polka dot Betsey Johnson).
We looked around.. there was a whole rack full of lovely pillbox hats with face netting.
I miss mine that is still in California.
In actuality I only found one dress I wanted to try on and alas, it didn't fit me.
However, I did find a pair of black patent leather heels that fit perfectly:

I also found this tin with "Made in Belgium" inscribed on the bottom.
For quite some time I have been wanting a pretty box to keep by the bed to hold.. uh.. naughty things.

At the register, we discovered that the tin didn't have a price tag and the sales lady gave it to us for free!
Yea I'm definately going to be visiting there again!

Today I paid a visit to the local goodwill store, hoping to find a 50's cotton dress.
The only sizes there were L, XL, XXL and WIDE!!
I think that that says something about the health of the locals around here....
I did find a book:

It came from an elementary school in Idaho.
A total of 11 children checked it out.
It even got checked out on my birthday (October 11th)!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

{Just another day}

Well I'm up waaaay too early..
might as well get this freak show on the road!
At least they don't have a whole apartment to clean.

i took out my big guaged earrings
i miss wearing sparkly dangly earrings
plus betsey johnson makes adorable kitty earrings and i need some
already ordered a pair off of ebay
and i cut my hair
just a few inches off
it's still pretty long though